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Secondary Information

Dear Parents/Carers

Our newsletter hopefully keeps parents and pupils informed of the school’s activities regarding all year groups, SATs and other in year assessments and activities.   However, we would like to keep you updated on our secondary plans via the bulletin.

Key Stage 4 curriculum and Year 8 into Year 9 options

  • Pupils and parents in Year 8 have had the opportunity to discuss GCSE subject options with staff at the Option Evening in January and have each received an Options Booklet. The booklet can be found at:

https://ridgeway.academy/ks4-options/

  • This booklet will highlight the exam boards chosen by the school for each subject and outlines the content and expectations at GCSE for each subject across the school.
  • Our current Year 8 have made their option choices and we are currently creating our timetable for Key Stage 4 based on this information.

Exam board pedagogy

  • All GCSEs are changing nationally from 2017. Therefore, we are in a fortunate position to be able to concentrate on the new GCSE changes for your children.
  • Pearson (Edexcel Exam board) have met with Dr Watson (Head of Science) to discuss the new changes to GCSEs that are implemented nationally in the next couple of years.
  • AQA (exam board) teaching Geography GCSE has been attended by Mrs Powell
  • AQA (exam board) teaching History GCSE has been attended by Mr Bennett
  • OCR (exam board) teaching PE GCSE has been attended by Mr J Worton
  • OCN (exam board) teaching Forest School have visited the school

 

Key Stage 4 at Ridgeway

  • Pupils have been asked their opinions on a KS4 tie. We have received a number of designs and if any other Year 8 pupils have any designs or ideas, please let Mr Clarkson know by Friday 7th April as we will have to discuss designs with suppliers in time for September.
  • Some staff have been working on the different areas of the schools that Key Stage 4 will have access to and the different standards and expectations across the curriculum and school. More will follow as the working party develop these areas.
  • Our Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award is so far attracting a significant number of Year 8 into Year 9 pupils and the children and staff are excited and looking forward to this.

Working with other schools

  • Ridgeway is part of an organisation called Schools of Tomorrow. This organisation gathers schools together around the country to promote and work on ways of improving pupil experiences. Deacons Academy in Peterborough (one of the largest Secondary schools in the country) is part of this fellowship who we work with, along with Pershore High school and a number of other schools.
  • We are also working closely with our local First and Primary schools.

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